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Dea's pups...

 

Dea's story is a difficult one. We received a call from an active-duty soldier a month ago, saying that he couldn't keep his pup in his military housing and that he needed help with her, a pit bull named Dea (pronounced DAY-uh). Dea, he told us, was purchased in Italy, when the soldier lived there, and was a great girl. Her name means Goddess in Italian and Latin -- it is absolutely true. We were sort of flippant regarding this soldier's commitment to Dea, until he volunteered to drive her 4 hours each way to a foster home.

 

 


Upon seeing Dea, there are few words to describe her. She is beautiful - with majestic coloring and gentle features. Her temperament is by far one of the best we have seen in a pit bull. She has no interest in dogs, people or most other non-sense. When we took her to the vet last week for a pregnancy check-up, she waddled around the vet's reception area, saying "hi" to small children, boston terriers and labradors -- exceptional.


Dea had her puppies on September 16th, and they are presently in a foster home. She had 13 puppies, all of which appear healthy. She is a great mother, but such a large litter requires extensive supervision. Per the vet's suggestion, each puppy is weighed daily and compared to the prior day's weight to ensure the puppy is getting fed and growing. If this is not the case, the puppy is hand-fed with a syringe. This is exhausting and time-consuming work, but absolutely worthwhile for these loves.


Dea and her puppies are available on November 13th, after her and their alterations. Dea is a princess -- no question. She has a scratch on her left cornea (see picture below) because her prior owner didn't ever leash her, and let her run after a cat who defended itself. Also, Dea's prior litter wasn't so lucky. Dea slipped out the door the night of her delivery, and the owner couldn't find her. Dea had the litter under his house, in December, and many of the puppies did not make it.


Please understand that these puppies and mother are at the residence of another foster home. We will do our best to make arrangements for visitation, likely beginning at four weeks. Please say a prayer for these brave little souls.

Her pups are below, and named the following (italics indicated strong interest shown):

Row 1 (closest): Pino(m), Belinda (f), Dante (m)

Row 2: Bianca (f), Dino (m), Enzo (m)

Row 3: Flavio (m), Guido (m), Isabella (f)

Row 4: Lia (f), Luigi (m), Mimi (f)

Row 5 : Rosa (f)

 

Week 3, 3 weeks old...
     
 
 
     
Week 2, 2 weeks old...
     
 
 
     
Week 1, 1 day old...